Mountain Chickens, Solar Radiation, Watersheds and More: Environment/Climate Change Roundup, July 10, 2016

I hope you find something of interest here… Feedback is always welcome! Here are my Top Ten articles… Jamaica and the Caribbean: Caribbean Island’s Last Two Rare Frogs are Reunited: What is a Mountain Chicken? It’s a frog! The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is coordinating a Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme, and recently brought together a male and … More Mountain Chickens, Solar Radiation, Watersheds and More: Environment/Climate Change Roundup, July 10, 2016

Ways to Support the Campaign to Protect Portland Bight Protected Area/Goat Islands

When I last posted an update about support for the campaign to save the Portland Bight Protected Area, including Goat Islands, I noted that things remain “hanging in the balance.” Well, they still are. The Jamaican Government remains alarmingly silent on the matter. The Finance Minister recently visited China along with the head of the Port … More Ways to Support the Campaign to Protect Portland Bight Protected Area/Goat Islands

Cool Art

We escaped San Francisco‘s heat wave (lasted three days, and everyone complained)…and escaped one day into the cool, dark grey marble atrium of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  We relieved ourselves of shopping bags, rested awhile, and then visited… “75 Years of Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show” – described as “works from SFMOMA‘s … More Cool Art

Poor Jamaica

The Petchary is desperately sad and anxious about Jamaica. As she looks at the weather map, she sees a huge, sinister, deep orange cloud over the island. It is not moving, it seems to turn on itself. I fear for Jamaica. You are all in my thoughts. It is strange to be away and to … More Poor Jamaica

The East in the West

A tour of San Francisco neighborhoods conducted by our dear friend Kathy began with the extraordinary sculpture “Three Heads, Six Arms” by the Chinese artist Zhang Huan.  This huge copper statue (26 feet high and weighing close to fifteen tons) rests in front of the city’s Civic Center, where it will remain until next year, … More The East in the West

Ansel Adams…and Jazz

The Monterey Museum of Art is in two places.  First, a compact neat building on Pacific Street, which we came across by chance one evening.  As we stepped in the door, the rise and fall of loud conversations and the scent of wine greeted us.  A well-proportioned waiter thrust a tray towards us: “Guacamole prawns?” … More Ansel Adams…and Jazz

Opera in the Park: Another Excerpt from Petchary’s Travel Journal

Free at Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco…September 12, 2010. After some confusion over bus routes, we found our way to the familiar, raucous, untidy Haight and across the grass towards the towering pines of Golden Gate Park.  It was wonderful to see that skyline again…The huddled groups of hippies were still there, their … More Opera in the Park: Another Excerpt from Petchary’s Travel Journal